GRAVIOLA. Annona muricata
GRAVIOLA (annona muricata)
Some of the active ingredients documented, researched, and verified in graviola are a group of Annonaceous acetogenins which are only found in the Annonaceae family to which graviola belongs. These phytochemicals are being researched and patented around the world for their active biological actions and uses against cancer.
Suggested Use: Take 2 grams three times daily, or as directed by a healthcare professional.
- Not to be used during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
- Graviola has demonstrated hypotensive, vasodilator, and cardiodepressant activities in animal studies (not confirmed in humans). People with low blood pressure should monitor their blood pressure accordingly.
- Graviola has recently been documented to lower blood sugar in animal studies (not confirmed in humans). People with hypoglycemia and diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels accordingly.
Other Practitioner Observations:
- Graviola has demonstrated in vitro antimicrobial properties. Chronic, long-term use of this plant might lead to some die-off of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. Supplementing the diet with probiotics and digestive enzymes may be helpful to counteract this possible effect.
- Graviola has demonstrated emetic properties in one animal study with pigs. Large single dosages may cause nausea or vomiting. Reduce the usage accordingly or take with a meal if nausea occurs.
- Drinking plenty of water (at least 8 glasses a day) is helpful to reduce Herxheimer reactions and flush dead and dying cells from the body.
- One of three documented mechanisms of action of graviola is by decreasing energy to abnormal cells (called an ATP-inhibitor). Taking supplements that increase cellular energy (like CoQ10) will counteract or disable this one mechanism of action of graviola (however, the other two mechanisms of action will be unaffected).